Airlines move to block mile high porn

17 October 2008


The availability of wifi on flights is about to explode as several airlines begin to roll out their wifi offerings. Oddly there seems to be a move to filtering the content to block porn or other inappropriate content.

For those of us not smooth enough to score with aisle seat 24C and join the traditional mile high club here's a break-down from MSNBC of which airlines will let you live vicariously and which will be clamping down on your Zivity addiction:

Both hands where we can see them:
Delta Air Lines
American Airlines
Southwest Airlines

Keep safe and have fun:
Virgin Atlantic
Air Canada
Alaska Airlines

The puritanical approach to online content seems absurd when other portable mediums are considered. Airlines do not filter traditional content at the gate and anyone is free to bring on Playboy, Nuts, a well-worn copy of page 3. The MSNBC article makes the good point that airports seem only too happy to sell top shelf magazines in the news kiosks (apparently the industry doublespeak for these titles is "sophisticates" and those plastic screeners are "courtesy covers"). As far as video goes I've always watched videos on my laptop without having them pre-screened by airline staff so why draw the line when the video is served online? It seems a reasonable acceptable use policy and social pressure should keep unreasonable behaviour in hand without resorting to draconian filtering software.

via gizmodo

TOPICS:   Privacy

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